The sky was clear and full of planets and stars to look at, for our public outreach tonight. We joined the OC Astronomers for this event, and everyone had a great time, including the camp rangers.
We will be bringing the Mobile Observatory to do some sun-watching on Earth Day, Saturday April 22nd.
More information is available on the event’s web page.
Full Sail Graphics of Huntington Beach, CA was our choice for designing and installing the eye-catching wrap for our mobile observatory. They have published an article about us on their website. Check it out!
Our Mobile Observatory is officially open! At the Mission Viejo public library, and accompanied by speeches from mayor Wendy Bucknam, Science Heads Executive Director, Richard Stember, and other local dignitaries, Science Heads cut a ceremonial ribbon for the MOBS.
See the coverage from the Orange County Register.
Our celebration event featured science-themed stations demonstrating photosensitivity via make-your-own sun prints, leverage, rapid oxidation (burning) of steel, safe sun viewing, geometric patterns, blood composition, and jet propulsion.
Look at our events calendar for many upcoming events!
Bring the whole family for a free afternoon of fun and educational activities!
Science Heads Inc. and the Mission Viejo Library are celebrating National Library Week with Free Science Activities.
The afternoon will begin at 12 noon with a ribbon cutting event for Science Heads’ new Mobile Astronomical Observatory. The observatory will then be open to the public from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
A map is available on the event’s Yelp page.
Free activities include:
- Safe Solar Viewing using the observatory’s specialized solar telescope
- Explore the Solar System with NASA Interactive 3D Software
- Fun science related activities for both children and adults
This event is appropriate for children 4 years and older and adults.
Our mobile observatory is nearly complete. All we need is to mount the telescope and do some fine-tuning work.
We are going to bring the observatory out for its first public spin when we go to Lake Forest Elementary School on March 10th between 6pm and 8pm. Come see us there!
It was overcast, so we didn’t get to do any stargazing, but we still had a great time with crafts and hands-on activities in the Astronomy room.
Our handouts for the night were our updated “Meteor Showers of 2017”, “How Do Telescopes Work?”, and two on eclipses:
We’ve been busy building a mobile observatory out of a humble trailer. We had already cut a hole in the roof, and mounted a ring for the dome. Now it was time to clean the dome and prepare it for attaching to the top of the trailer.
We ended up needing more hardware for the project, and with the afternoon winding down, we packed everything up for the night. The assembly crew reconvened a few days later to continue the work. As you can see below, we were able to get the dome fully installed and working great!
Since then, Richard has been working on the electrical wiring, and work on the telescope pier has been progressing. Stay tuned for future updates, and more pictures are available on Richard’s Bellcroft Observatory page.